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Friday, August 18, 2017

Caterpillar Employees Big Band On The Square Tonight

Caterpillar Employees Big Band On The Square Tonight



 This evening's performance on the square in Metamora, the Caterpillar Employees Big Band.  Starts around 7:30 and runs till around 9:30.

from their Facebook page

Founded in 1978 with Peoria area employees, retirees and family members of Caterpillar Inc., the Caterpillar Employees Big Band performs music in the traditional big band style. A repertoire of original arrangements made famous by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and others during the big band heyday of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, is supplemented with contemporary jazz and popular tunes arranged for big band.

As one of very few groups performing with a full complement of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section, the band has 17 multi-talented musicians and a crowd-pleasing vocalist. The band has been featured at concerts, dances, festivals, and private functions throughout Illinois, and in a FORTUNE magazine article about the musical exploits of large company employees.

From regular engagements in Peoria and Metamora, to recent appearances in Pontiac, Canton, Manito, and a corporate function in Las Vegas, the Caterpillar Employees Big Band continues to bring the big band sound to a new generation of enthusiastic fans.

As one of very few groups performing with a full complement of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section, the band has 17 multi-talented musicians and a crowd-pleasing vocalist. The band has been featured at concerts, dances, festivals, and private functions throughout Illinois, and in a FORTUNE magazine article about the musical exploits of large company employees.
From regular engagements in Peoria and Metamora, to recent appearances in Pontiac, Canton, Manito, and a corporate function in Las Vegas, the Caterpillar Employees Big Band continues to bring the big band sound to a new generation of enthusiastic fans.

Punch and Pie!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fall Fish Sale!

Fall Fish Sale!

Metamora Herald fall fish sale

The Tazewell County Soil & Water Conservation District is taking orders for their bi-annual fish sale. Live Channel Catfish, Albino Catfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Redear, Fathead Minnows, Hybrid Redear and Grass Carp are available for ponds and lakes in our area.  Grass carp must be ordered by Friday, September 15th and all other fish must be ordered by Friday, September 22nd.  Full payment is due at time of order.  Fish pick up is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd, 8:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. at Ag-Land FS INC, 14104 Baer Rd., Tremont, IL 61568 (Rt. 9 & old 121, Tremont, IL.) 

For more information or to request an order form, please contact the Tazewell County Soil and Water Conservation District office at (309) 346-4462 Ext. 3 or stop by the office at 1440 Valle Vista Blvd., Pekin, IL.



Tazewell County Soil & Water Conservation District
1440 Valle Vista Blvd.  Suite B
Pekin, IL  61554-6224
What is Geo-caching? MPD can help you figure it out!

What is Geo-caching? MPD can help you figure it out!

Metamora Herald Geo-coaching


Geocaching is the recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website. The Metamora Park District is hosting an event at Black Partridge Park on Sunday,  Aug 27, 2017, at 12:30 pm. Here is their invitation:


IT'S BACK! Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to exercise mind and body? Try this outdoor adventure that is akin to modern-day treasure hunting! Please download a geocaching app of your choice before arriving and be ready for some light hiking on the trails. Brind a water bottle and your sense of adventure. Meet at the back shelter by the baseball diamonds at Black Partridge Park. $5 R/6NR per person or $10/12 per family.

Join in on the adventure! Contact the Metamora Park District for more information and to sign up.





sources: www.geocaching.com/guide/,  MPD
Metamora Village Board 8/15/2017

Metamora Village Board 8/15/2017

Metamora Village Board 8/15/2017, Metamora Herald


Highlights from this weeks meeting of the Metamora Village Board:


  • The states site manager for the courthouse on the square asked for the board's permission to hold a small encampment and street dance September 16. More information to follow
  • Metamora Fields may host a fireworks display next July
  • Commerce Bank would like to bring in reindeer for this years Christmas on the Square
  • Negotiations are ongoing for the new well the village is working towards
  • The park board, village, and the Girl Scouts are working to bring water to Camp Tapawingo with many aspects still yet to consider
  • The Metamora Park District also inquired about the possibility of a crosswalk road sign on Coalbank Rd at the entrance of Black Partridge Park. With many sports teams training there it was agreed that something would be installed post haste.
  • A possible video gaming lounge may be coming to Metamora
  • The firehouse needs repairs to a thermal imaging camera. Chief Sluga recommended repair over replacement.
  • Trustee Vericker began a discussion on the village parking lot and vehicles for sale being left there. Further discussion was deferred to committee.
  • Trustee Hutchens shared a drawing of a possible public bathroom for the square on the property where the Legion Hall was. Further discussion to be held in committee.
Audio of entire meeting available here made possible by a gift from Illinois Central Towing
Germantown Hills student conducts summer research at Carthage College

Germantown Hills student conducts summer research at Carthage College



KENOSHA, WI (08/15/2017)-- Germantown Hills student Michael Jones performed a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at Carthage College.

The project was titled "Micelle-Catalyzed Reactions in Flow".

About SURE

SURE has been a hallmark of the Carthage experience since the mid-1990s. SURE started in the natural sciences, and has now grown to include all academic divisions at Carthage. Each summer between 25 and 50 students are chosen to participate.

Students selected to participate in SURE spend 10 weeks on campus doing research full time (40 hours per week) with a faculty mentor. Students receive a stipend, on-campus housing, a meal plan, and a small research budget.

All SURE students and faculty mentors meet weekly for lunch, during which students present their progress. At the end of the program, students are required to write a project report and display their findings at a poster session for the Carthage community.

Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation so our students uncover and ignite their true potential. A four-year, private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, Carthage has a prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students.
We All Want to Help

We All Want to Help



 This is a terrific speech from the Little Tramp himself, Charlie Chaplin, from his 1940 political satire comedy drama "The Great Dictator". The ideas from this speech are what some of us seem to be missing these days. We here at the Metamora Herald just wanted to share with you all. Make it a great day!
I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness - not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world, there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….
The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men - cries out for universal brotherhood - for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world - millions of despairing men, women, and little children - victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed - the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. …..
Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes - men who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think and what to feel! Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!
In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then - in the name of democracy - let us use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world - a decent world that will give men a chance to work - that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world - to do away with national barriers - to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!
Editorial: Confederate Nazis, Domestic Terrorist & White Nationalists, Oh My

Editorial: Confederate Nazis, Domestic Terrorist & White Nationalists, Oh My

Editorial: Confederate Nazis, Domestic Terrorist & White Nationalists, Oh My; Metamora Herald



It is hard for me to believe that in 2017, here in the United States of America, we are dealing with such a high level of racism and Nazism? I am shocked and appalled at the events that occurred in Virginia. An innocent girl died over some old statue being removed. This is outrageous! How and why would anyone give creed to the disgusting acts of Nazis? How does this tie into the Confederate flag and Southern way of thinking? Levying war against the USA is a treasonable offense. [1] Article 3 Section 3 of the Constitution states in the very first sentence,"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them" protecting honest, self-responsible hard working citizens within the nation from domestic lawbreakers who would use coercion, fraud, or force to deprive others of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

What does this sentence mean to you? To me, it means that anyone Domestic/Foreign can not trample on the rights of other citizens. They are not allowed to take away their freedom or stand in the way of their own pursuit of tranquility and happiness here in the USA. So to me, that also means that carrying that Confederate Flag is committing a treasonous act and those who worship this symbol of hate should be punished for carrying it or honoring it. This flag was a symbol of rebellion against the Union of the United States. It is a battle flag, a symbol of fighting and killing US government officials and soldiers. What are they teaching kids in Southern schools? How we bullied them into acting right? Slavery is wrong, and they fought hard to keep it. The Southern Way is not acceptable and should not be promoted. This is not part of our heritage, sorry but it isn't, it is, however, a sad reminder of a very terrible and painful time in our country's history.

The POTUS has stated that both sides of this fight were in the wrong, but one side was promoting hate and violence, and the other was promoting freedom and peace. No matter how you look at the situation, it should not have happened the way that it did. Mr. President Sir, you took an oath to uphold the Constitution of our country, that is pretty much all you have to do, and you have failed to do that simple thing.
Basically, the executive branch of government headed by the President and his Cabinet carries out constitutional laws and duties. The legislative branch made up of the Senate and House of Representatives makes the laws, while the judicial branch (the Supreme Court and federal courts) decides whether or not laws have been violated in light of the Constitution.   The United States Constitution is really a remarkable document. It is a monument to personal freedom. The Founding Fathers distrusted government, and they attempted to shackle political power when they adopted the Constitution. It restricts government to the primary responsibilities of providing for the common defense, maintaining domestic security and peace, and protecting individual rights. 

Some of you may think that the "Confederates" have freedom of speech and the right to assemble, and they do, that is not my argument. They do not have the right to promote violence. The other side had to defend themselves, or they may have ended up like Heather Heyer or Deondre Harris who was beaten with poles in a parking garage. I am scared about the way things are out of control, and this much violence over some statue and flags.  We can no longer allow any treasonous acts to go unpunished.The Constitution in no way states that you condone violence of a group spewing hatred for another group.  This small civil war was an act of treason and nothing less. The civil liberties of Heather were indeed trampled on, literally with a car. Who is defending her freedom of speech?How is her murder not an act of treason? Domestic security and peace, the right to assemble peacefully, and the Constitution are being mocked daily. We can not sit and watch shit happen and do nothing.



sources: [1] http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2009/03/23/against-all-enemies/